The festival is held on the peninsula of Ortigia, historical center of the antique city, UNESCO World Heritage.
Ortigia is a peninsula surrounded by clear waters. It is home for baroccan churches and palaces, Greek ruins and millenary fountains. At the corner of a street that is too narrow for a car, one is faced with the Mediterranean sea, the market of Ortigia, one of the oldest churches in Europe, the marina or the world famous Piazza Duomo. A few steps away, in the Santa Lucia alla Badia church, is « The Burial of St. Lucy » by Caravaggio.